Specialising in bespoke hats for men and women for 38 years, Alva Wilson and has work combines traditional millinery techniques mixed with a contemporary edge - side-stepping conventional fashion concepts.
After studying fashion/textiles at Middlesex University, he sold his first hat collection to 'the Hat Shop', Covent Garden, London then went to sell worldwide.
He opened his first shop ‘The Hat Gallery' at Broadway Market, Hackney 1998 -2002 and went back to Broadway in 2017 to re-open 'The Hat Gallery' pop up shop.
As well as doing hats for the Royal Ascot and other special occasions Alva teaches hat making & felt making at colleges, schools and museums. Alva is one of the 'co-founders of The Hat Making Workshop', ‘N4 Creative’ in London and ‘LU4’, another hat making project in Bedfordshire where he resides.
Other creative pursuits includes: visual arts, felt making, interior design and photography.